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A man of manners from a time gone by (4.5 stars)
on March 12, 2008
Noah Dearborn (Poitier) lives a simple life off the grid. He uses no electricity, even his car's an antique. The local people call him a "Carpenter God" and more than one local lady has fallen for his respectful grace.
But he's never been married. He only had a dog once. What means the most to Noah is his work and his land--and an out of town developer Christian Nelson (George Newbern) wants to buy the land to build a shopping center.
The offers start kind, $300, 350, 400--thousand dollars. Then, Nelson gets it in his head that anyone who won't sell their land to him is 'crazy'. That's when he calls in his girlfriend, Dr. Valerie Craine (Parker), a psychologist to assert just that so Nelson can get Noah committed and have the County seize his land.
Valerie quickly realizes that there's really nothing wrong with Noah. Noah's even managed to convince Nelson's company lawyer to give it all up to go to California and start a vineyard.
Unfortunately, Nelson is not going to be so easy to persuade. The conflict is inevitable, but the acting makes the whole story worth watching. The only reason this film got a 4 star rating is because of the rough cuts that brand it so obviously 'made for television' and distract the viewer at the critical moments.